Pleasant, but if you gave this to me in a blind taste test, “pumpkin” and “creme brulee” would not be my first, second, or fifteenth guesses.
“Pleasant, but if you gave this to me in a blind taste test, “pumpkin” and “creme brulee” would not be my first, second, or fifteenth guesses.” Read full tasting note
“(DavidsTea 171) This sounded so good but I found it very disappointing. I’m really not sure what this tea tasted like, but it definitely wasn’t the creamy custard I expected from a creme brulee...” Read full tasting note
“This one smells like DT unicorn fluff, which I didn’t like at all, but happily, the taste is different. The first time I made this, it was super thin, so I overleafed and oversteeped the next...” Read full tasting note
“Being a huge pumpkin lover, I had to try this tea. I had it in my basket when it first came out, but while I was waiting for the rest of the Halloween merch to drop (to be fair, it was a number of...” Read full tasting note
When we hear the words “crème brûlée”, our fall taste buds tumble into craving overdrive. This 1980s classic dessert is making a nostalgic comeback and we’re here for it. From creamy cooked pumpkin notes to irresistibly rich white chocolate, snuggle up with the ultimate fall warmer & crème brûlée taste twin. Harvest wishes from us to you.
What makes it great
We were inspired by crème brûlée – a rich & creamy custard topped with a hard, crackling layer of burnt sugar (hard caramel).
The addition of pumpkin makes it perfect for fall.
White chocolate pieces provide extra richness & creaminess.
Apple, Cocoa beans, Pumpkin pulp, Rosehips, White chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, sunflower lecithin), Carrot, Cocoa husk, Natural (pumpkin pie, cream, biscuit, chocolate) flavouring with stevia extract, Cornflower, Pink cornflower.
Rich, sweet & creamy with supporting notes of pumpkin & white chocolate.
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This sounded so good but I found it very disappointing. I’m really not sure what this tea tasted like, but it definitely wasn’t the creamy custard I expected from a creme brulee tea. I don’t hate it, but definitely fell very flat for me. This bag is a year old, but I felt the same the first time I tried it, too.
This one smells like DT unicorn fluff, which I didn’t like at all, but happily, the taste is different. The first time I made this, it was super thin, so I overleafed and oversteeped the next time…and it was still a little thin, but now also sort of sour. With milk and sugar, it tastes pretty good, but I’ve had better teas with this flavor profile. The rebrew is quite mild, but has enough flavor to be worth it. I have to say that this one isn’t at all like pumpkin and certainly not creme brulee. I’m disappointed because the name sounds delicious, but the flavor is pleasant enough that finishing it won’t be a problem.
Being a huge pumpkin lover, I had to try this tea. I had it in my basket when it first came out, but while I was waiting for the rest of the Halloween merch to drop (to be fair, it was a number of days I had it in my basket) it sold out. The cute skeleton gummy bear pouch had a sachet of it among the 5 seasonal teas, so I got that instead. I’m glad I went that route over the 2oz bag because I’m not sure I like it 2oz worth. There is a carob like scent to the tea once steeped. I get that they were going for creme brulee, but I’m not sure the flavor translates well to tea. There is a sweetness that bothers me slightly, like a non sugar source of sweetness. Not quite stevia. Monkfruit? It’s distracting and becomes more prominent now that my cup has cooled. I’m trying to think pumpkin as I sip this, but the closest I get to it is a creaminess. The finish is strange. Alternating a weird sweet sensation on my tongue with something more pleasant but vague. Super happy I got to try this, but I’m content with just this one cup.
If it wasn’t Autumn tea season before, it feels like it really is now – that change of season is coming and it’s coming fast. With it, of course, comes new and returning fall teas – mostly Chai, of course. In fact – I think this most recent collection is called the “Chai Collection” but not ALL the teas that launched are really Chai blends, some are just nice Autumn profiles…
Here’s the list of returning teas from this Friday’s drop:
- Chocolate Chili Chai
- Baked Apple Chai
- Chai Matcha
- Pumpkin Pie Matcha
- Guarana Chai
And of course Pumpkin Chai, but that launched earlier than everything else. There’s also this new tea as well as a new rooibos based chai called “Butterscotch Chai”.
First things first…
I adamantly refuse to call this a Chai blend in any regard; I’m not sure if it’s actually going to get marketed as one but because it launched with all of these other Chai profiles I worry some people might assume it’s a chai and I just need to (on a personal level) make sure that I’m really clear in saying that there isn’t any spice of any kind in the blend. Yes, that’s right, this is the RARE pumpkin tea without spices! Pumpkin fans, like myself, who don’t enjoy all those spices can rejoice – this year, we’ve got you covered!
I also like that it’s a herbal blend – I think that sometimes we box our herbals into only being these juicy fruit profiles and our rooibos into housing all the sweet/decadent profiles (when it comes to caffeine free options) so I’m happy to see that perception challenged a little bit. But, that said…
I don’t love this tea. I don’t think it’s bad, but it’s missing something to me and I struggle to put my finger on what exactly that is!? The flavour is pretty sweet and creamy with a nice light to medium type of pumpkin-y flavour – think the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen but without the pastry or the nutmeg?? It reminds me a little bit of the pumpkin in Monster Mash with the cream flavour that was used in White Peach, with a hint of the same very light apple-y note as well. Boost that creamy note with some white chocolate, and you get more of a Pumpkin White Chocolate or even Pumpkin Milkshake type of profile, in my own opinion. It’s nice – I wish the mouthfeel was a bit thicker to add to that custard-y quality that Creme Brulee has, and exaggerate the creaminess. Milk would likely go a long way in doing that…
Maybe what I feel like is missing is the “Creme Brulee” part of the tea!? Like, I definitely think this is sweet and creamy but an essential part of a Creme Brulee, in my mind, is that just barely bitter burnt sugar/hard crack sugar note that comes from the surface of the creme brulee – and that’s missing. It’s maybe just a little bit too sweet for my own tastes, without something to give it more depth like a bitter sugar note. I don’t know though, maybe that’s not it…
Anyway, while this isn’t my perfect pumpkin tea I do think it’s an interesting one so I of course look forwarding to reading reviews and thoughts from other tea drinkers and seeing where they land on it!
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